Greece in USA celebrates the legacy of Stephen Antonakos, the 'sculptor of neon'


Stephen Antonakos' exhibition "FORM COLOR SPACE" curated by Greek curator Lola Siena Koutoudi opens this Thursday, February 24, from 6-8pm at the FIAF / French Institute Alliance Française.

Greece in USA's founding director Dr. Sozita Goudouna who fostered the dialogue for the organization of this exhibition by Ms Koutoudi, moderates a discussion on the work of the notable artist with art writer and editor David Ebony and Naomi S. Antonakos, Director of Stephen Antonakos Studio LLC.

"Essentially a classicist in the Constructivist tradition, Antonakos has revealed the poetry of neon." - Irving Sandler, Art Historian, NY, 2009

Stephen Antonakos (1926-2013) called his work "real things in real spaces in the here and now." There are no representations, allusions, symbols. Throughout his work, the forms, colors, and compositions are clear - but their experience in time and space is open and various. The crucial placements of his incomplete geometries allow the forms to be completed in the viewer's imagination - to be sensed kinetically as well as visually. He considered that the viewer's experience was what completed a work of art.

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Stephen Antonakos was born in the small Greek village of Agios Nikolaos in 1926 and moved with his family to New York in 1930. In the late 1940s, after returning from the US Army, he established his first studio in Manhattan’s fur district. From the early 1960s until his death in 2013, he worked and lived in studios in SoHo.

His work with neon since 1960 has lent the medium new perceptual and formal meanings in direct 3-D indoor installations; painted Canvases; Walls, back-lit Panels with painted or gold surfaces; Rooms; Chapels; and the architecturally scaled Public Works in the USA, Europe, and Japan. Other important practices include the conceptual packages; collages; Travel Collages; Artist’s Books; the silver and white Reliefs; prints; and, since 2011, several series of framed and 3-D Gold Works.

Since 1958, Antonakos’s work has been seen in hundreds of solo and group shows in New York, around the USA, Europe, and Japan. For almost every exhibition, he created new work. He received the Prize for Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2009) and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY (2000), the National Academy Museum (2011) and the Greek America Foundation (2011).


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